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Symantec, Blue Coat integrate threat intelligence operations, research

The combination of Symantec and Blue Coat gives the company more security data to analyze and proactively thwart attacks.

Symantec said it has bolstered its security intelligence tools by integrating Blue Coat's technology.

The integration on threat detection comes after Symantec's $4.6 billion acquisition of Blue Coat. The company said it has integrated product lines for data loss prevention and cloud protection.

According to Symantec, the addition of Blue Coat's artificial intelligence tools and security telemetry gives it the ability to analyze 9 trillion elements of security data. The data is used to thwart incoming attacks.

Symantec's research team focuses on incoming attacks and the visibility from protecting 175 million consumer and enterprise end points. Blue Coat's research team has been categorizing, mapping, and following malware movements.

What will be worth following with the Symantec-Blue Coat combination is whether the scale and product integration will help thwart more threats in advance. Blue Coat and Symantec products are exchanging threat indicators daily. Symantec reckons it has thwarted 500,000 additional attacks from swapping information with Blue Coat.